Bulldogs at 26: Arthur Kaliyev
The Hamilton Bulldogs have selected left winger Arthur Kaliyev of theDetroit Compuware 16U in the second round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. Kaliyev is a 6’1″, 171 lbs, and loves to rush the puck to the dangerous areas in the offensive zone, being known to bull his way around the opposition to find the back of the net.
Hamilton is establishing a history of using second round selections to choose players of moderate risk to stay in the United States. This is a trend that we can continue to anticipate as the payoff if these players (D.J. King, Kaliyev) end up playing in the OHL you’ll see a dominate roster wearing black and gold in the future. Kaliyev’s game is the type that can ignite the fanbase thanks to his size, power and offensive potential.
OHL Central Scouting – “Arthur is a big, skilled power forward that isn’t afraid to get involved physically. He is a powerful player that has a good stride and is deceptively faster than most defencemen think. He shots the puck like a junior already as his shot is very hard and he gets it off extremely quick. Arthur finds open ice very well and has the ability to hit the open holes just as the puck is getting there. He has great offensive instincts which are very hard to teach.” (Source)
TheScout.ca Draft Guide – “A first round shooter with an extremely calm approach to his game, Kaliyev impresses with his ability to read and react to the play around him with soft hands and an elite level shot. Rarely looks rattled despite increasing pressure. He’s shown more urgency in his game since earlier this season and that’s caused him to elevate in our rankings. The improved puck hunger was evident at the NTDP evaluation camp where Kaliyev was a top performer. He’s strong, smart and skilled and looks poised to enter the OHL”. (Source)
Matt Grainda – TheScout.ca – “The final player that should probably go higher than he is currently ranked is Russian-born Arthur Kaliyev, who is also without an NCAA commitment at the moment. Kaliyev is a forward that OHL Draft scouts will be very familiar with, having played up as an under-age player last season with U15 Detroit Little Caesars. This season, he was the only 2001-born player on his Detroit Compuware squad and he ended up leading a team full of 2000-born players with several USHL draftees and NCAA commits in scoring. Kaliyev really likes to make positive use of a lethal shot and a very quick release. He has a stealthy way of opening up lanes, walking right in and surgically placing a quick shot into a tight corner. With a bigger body and some good power behind his frame, Kaliyev can protect the puck very well and has the capability to dangle his way out of a tight situation. He has made plenty of defensemen look silly, reaching to try and take the puck off his stick. There are many paths that Kaliyev could end up taking, but he could end up as a high first round OHL Draft pick depending on who is interested”. (Source)
Jeff Cox – SBNation “He has an explosive stride and is physically mature. He wins battles along the wall. He gets space for his teammates and himself. He is strong down low. He can camp out front and impact the net front. He plays a heavy game.” (Source)